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Team Maths

On a damp and cold Tuesday morning, half the school made the elongated wander down to the hall for the hotly anticipated (and hotly contested) 2022 iteration of Team Maths. After a briefing of the competition, rules and roles; the Year 7 competition began in earnest. Immediately, some teams were off to a running start; and consequently earned themselves a 5 second penalty. Once the competitors' speed had simmered down, the maths reached a boiling point towards the end of the allotted 30 minutes. As Mr. Hastings called time, the B competition finished with four teams on 80 points, only to be split by their times taken to finish. In the A competition, the field was a bit more spread out as the teams were confronted with a particularly difficult set of questions. The final leaderboards sat as follows: B Competition:1st place - Rutherford Team 32nd place - Hillary Team 13rd place - Ngata Team 2 and Hillary Team 4A Competition:1st place - Hillary Team 2 2nd place - Hillary Team 1 and Ngata Team 23rd place - Rutherford Team 2The points totals for the Year 7 competition were as follows:Hillary: 545Rutherford: 460Ngata: 390Sheppard: 370After a quick break to rehydrate and recoup, the Year 8 competition began with the unmistakable hiss, roar and frantic chicken-scratch-ing of a Team Maths competition. In this round, the B competition looked the harder set as teams began to skip questions in earnest. Those that answered the questions were the ones getting the points and a couple of teams made early breaks. In the A competition, teams seemed destined to reach the finish line and the goal of the perfect 100 point game. Alas, a couple of stumpers towards the end dashed the dream with one team falling an agonising 5 points short, however they still walked away with the win. The final leaderboards sat as follows: B Competition:1st place - Ngata Team 32nd place - Ngata Team 1 3rd place - Rutherford Team 1 and Hillary Team 2A Competition:1st place - Ngata Team 2 2nd place - Ngata Team 1 and Hillary Team 1 3rd place - Ngata Team 3 and Sheppard Team 1 The points totals for the Year 8 competition were as follows:Ngata: 505Hillary: 320Sheppard: 315Rutherford: 310A big thanks to those that lended their help and expertise. Special mention to N2, N3, N1 maths class and R4 for helping out with set up, marking, and pack down. Without these wonderful people, Team Maths 2022 would not have gone ahead. 

Inventionator 2022

Neve,Tui and Allana, H3, were all participants in Inventionator 2022. After a couple of weeks of prep work, they stepped into the online world to work with students from around New Zealand to innovate and develop ideas which they then pitched for a spot in the finals. Read Neve's summary for the best news of the week:"The Inventionator Experience was really cool. Inventionator is a competition you get to do on Zoom and Gather where you get to pick a base idea/problem, for example, my idea was 'Turning Rubbish into Something New' Then you get put into a group with other people that chose that topic. (Groups of 3-5) You must then create a way to do/fix that idea/problem. Our group of five ended up designing a way of turning toxic plastics (Non-recyclable) into 3D printer filament. After creating your idea you must create a speech and a slide presentation to pitch to the judges. My team was made up of five people, Myself, Neel (Cashmere Primary School), Golina (Riccarton High School), Ruby (Riccarton High School), and Jakob aka Music (Maraetai Beach School). Our group name was 'The Plastic Police'. After much great teamwork and a couple of arguments about what the app logo might look like, we managed to win! It was a great experience to work with unknown people and get to know them as the challenge went on. I had been working pretty hard all week so it was kind of sad when it was over but it was great to win! Good job to my fellow classmates who competed in the challenge as well. If you want to try it for yourself, then do! I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in designing/engineering things. Wish I could do it again!"

"The Year is 2070..." By Allana, H3

The year is 2070, I hope I’m gone by then.The world is falling apart, the earth has lost its beauty.Yet humans still turn a blind eye to the wave of destruction they leave in their trail.But not to worry, we have the newest technology to buy. Let’s get the one with the plastic wrap because, It’s only just this once that we’ll waste unnecessary plastic.Think of all the plastic other people are wasting! I’m not the only reason for climate change! Think of other people, compare me to people worse than me so I look better. This piece of writing has been accepted for publishing in the next EXTRA! Tāpiri Newspaper, congratulations Allana!

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